Snow Sports NZ Communications Manager

Can you bring your proven communication skills to support New Zealand’s athletes, our stakeholders and inspire New Zealand? 

  • Winter Olympic and Paralympic performances
  • High performance coach and athlete development
  • Membership organisation – inform, facilitate, advocate and engage
  • Sport environment
  • Wanaka-based
  • Casual contract, variable and flexible hours 0.6FTE (More hours required over NZ winter and fewer during NZ summer)

If you think you meet the criteria below, we would like to hear from you: 

  • You know and believe in inspiring New Zealanders through high performance sport success; it’s a way of life, not just a job.
  • Your interest and focus on sport drive a massive work ethic and your “can do” attitude means you deliver the right messages at the right time.
  • You can demonstrate the highest professional standards and personal credibility within the communications industry preferably with a slant to winter and snow sports.
  • You are able to work independently and flexibly but are willing to be part of a small and close-knit team.
  • You’ll have to show us that you know your stuff, have relevant knowledge and experience at stakeholder engagement, and are able to provide a high level of leadership in communication services to Snow Sports NZ.
  • You know the Snow Sports NZ sport disciplines and the relevant domestic and international sport systems and structures.
  • Can ski or snowboard well enough to make your way around the NZ ski resorts. 

The Organisation: 

Established as an incorporated society in 2008, Snow Sports NZ are about competitive snow sports pathways, our members, and providing opportunities, from grassroots to winning on the world stage. We are the national sporting organisation representing the interests of adaptive snow sports, alpine ski racing, cross country skiing, freeskiing and snowboarding in New Zealand. 

Our High Performance Programme is focused on delivering medal-winning performances at Winter Olympic, Paralympic and premier international events. The dedicated programme targets the support and performance enhancement of identified athletes and coaches to achieve medal-winning outcomes.  

We are a member based organisation and administer, enable and facilitate domestically and internationally the snow sports disciplines.

Following on from medal-winning success of recent years and our delivery of service each season, we are now seeking a Communications Manager to join the team at Snow Sports NZ and support the athletes and organisation to the next level. 

The role:  

Reporting directly to the CEO, our Communications Manager works across the organisation and plays a key role in stakeholder engagement. The successful applicant will help drive the strategic direction, culture and level of engagement of the organisation. They will help lead the growth and success of competitive snow sports and member satisfaction in New Zealand and promote our New Zealand athletes and our activities.

Demonstrating the ability to build trust quickly and support team members, the Communications Manager will have a collaborative and creative approach, show attention to detail and timelines and have the ability to meet challenging targets in high-pressure situations. 

Well-developed judgement and sense of integrity to deal with sensitive and confidential issues will define success in the role.  You will have exceptional communication skills in both oral and written formats and a proven ability to produce mass communications and media releases quickly and accurately under pressure. Being a follower of sports is a prerequisite! Plus knowledge of snow disciplines and the domestic and international systems for the snow codes. 

Based in Wanaka, the successful applicant will also spend some time working at resorts around New Zealand. The successful candidate will demonstrate a drive for continual improvement and results, have a personal style that is adaptable and resilient, and be able to build and maintain inspirational and authentic relationships. To top it all you will be able to fit into a small, driven team that loves their sport and having fun along the way.

Casual contract, variable and flexible hours 0.6FTE (More hours required over NZ winter and fewer during NZ summer)

Please send a covering letter and copy of your CV to [email protected].

Applications close 5pm, 29 July 2020

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